Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities

Avant-Gardening are excited to have received funding from Arts Council, England, for their latest project, The Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities. The project is envisaged as the first of a number of cabinets which will explore place through local knowledge and curate and capture this into a co-curated mobile archive unit. 

For more information see the Project Page or 'like' the Cabinet on Facebook 

The Place Where Plums Grow

Find out more about our new project to bring orchards back to the Woolwich Common area. This project is still being developed and we will be looking for volunteers to collaborate and join in with us on this ambitious new project

Lavender Hill Christmas Procession

Thursday 8 December starting at 4.30pm at the Battersea Arts Centre Christmas Market.

Avant-Gardening will be leading a lantern procession from the Christmas Market to Gideon Road, where there will be a gospel choir singing carols.

Avant-Gardener, Polly, is currently working with Wix Primary School and Shaftesbury Park School to create lanterns influenced by the local area and the children will be leading the procession up Lavender Hill singing a new song they have created with the artist. Come and join us and get the Christmas season off to a festive start

Come and join us transforming your empty plastic milk bottles into festive lanterns in the Lower Hall at BAC, Thursday, 8 December 2.30 - 4.20pm

Extra big thanks go out to Hilary Blackburn and the Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Course students from New Vic 6th form who built the props for this event: 

Abdul Ahmadzai

Ayrton Castro

Inayat Hassan

Iona Hudson

Eillyne Khan

Muhammad Mujahid

Nurul Shumon


Topics: [children and young people] [public art] [Wandsworth]

Sowing the Seeds

Sowing the Seeds is a newly published report into London children's engagement with nature. Avant-Gardening was one of the groups interviewed for this report that investigates strategies for re-engagement. 

The report can be downloaded from and a short report highlighting the issues identified can be found in today's edition of The Standard.

Topics: [children and young people] [green spaces] [nature] [urban]

Urban Agriculture and Employability Skills

Avant-Gardening contributed to this very interesting report written by Olivia Varley-Winter which looks at some of the benefits of urban gardening.

Nightingale Nature TV

Dr Rosie Apple in the garden
Dr Rosie Apple in the garden

This short film made over a couple of afternoons in late summer captures some of the fun the young people of Nightingale Estate in Woolwich had creating activities in the community garden

Topics: [children and young people] [community engagement] [community garden] [Woolwich]

Salford Zine Library

Avant-Gardening have been included in the Salford Zine Library. Check out their blog all you zine fans


Green Fingers at the Serpentine

Inspired by the Summer 2011 Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery  the Avant-Gardeners organised an eco themed family day where participants were invited to design a plot of land for a new eco-city. Working together they built models of inspiring new ecological facilities which were added into the city. The day served as a pilot for a new eco-urban planning strategy game project that Avant-Gardening are currently developing

We were so impressed by the great ideas that people came up with to make the city a fully functioning, sustainable and FUN place to live. Have a look at our Tumblr page for more images of the day 

Topics: [eco-city] [Serpentine Gallery] [urban planning]

Embrace the Place: Tate Britain

Lisa and the Mobile Planting unit
Lisa and the Mobile Planting unit

Avant Gardening and Lisa Cheung will be joining the Tate Local event, Embrace the Place on Saturday 3 Sept 1pm to 5pm. Click here for more information

Topics: [Tate]

Nightingale TV

Have you seen bats on Woolwich Common?

Do you want to share a story of your gardening successes?

This summer the residents of Woolwich's Nightingale Estate will become news reporters and journalists as they investigate the urban nature in their area. From bird-spotting to urban growing the intrepid reporters will be reporting on the latest trends in urban gardening. The project will be launched at Welcare, Nightingale Vale, SE18 on Wednesday 10 Aug at 1pm and is open to all children and young people that live on the estate.  Come along and sign-up to be part of the news team.

We are also looking for people of any age who have a story to tell! You could make Nature News headlines and be visited by our Mobile News Desk who will interview you about your gardening tips or nature news. If you have a story to tell contact and we will arrange a time for you to be interviewed.


Topics: [film and video] [Nightingale Estate] [urban gardening] [Woolwich]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation